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  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement Statement
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  • Title: George F. Koether papers
    Date (inclusive): 1829-2003
    Date (bulk): 1943-1987
    Collection Number: 88021
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of the Materials: In English and French.
    Physical Description: 21 manuscript boxes (8.7 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, reports, pamphlets, clippings, photographs, and printed matter relating to laissez-faire economic and political thought, monetary policy, and economic conditions in the United States.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Koether, George F., 1907-2006


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], George F. Koether papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1988.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/  . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    George Koether was a journalist, speechwriter, businessman, lecturer, economist, a friend to Ludwig and Margit von Mises, and a longtime ambassador for Misesian economics. He was born on July 28, 1907, in Newark, New Jersey. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and attended Albion College in Michigan, where he studied journalism. He also studied business administration at Columbia University, New York.
    In 1930, Koether married Viola B. Kennedy and began his journalism career, as a copy editor for Look Magazine in 1943 and later serving as the automotive and transportation editor in 1952. Koether was a three-time awardee of the Ted V. Rodgers Journalism Award for outstanding articles and editorials on highway improvement and use, and contributed articles about the automotive industry for the World Book Encyclopedia. Koether also wrote for the The Saturday Evening Post, Architectural Forum , and Christian Economics , on many topics ranging from currency and inflation to politics and economics. In the 1940s and 1950s, Koether began correspondence with Henry L. Hazlitt, editor of, The Freeman, who encouraged Koether to write for the publication.
    In 1958, Koether worked as a public relations official for the United States Steel Corporation in New York, and he was a member of the Public Relations Society of America in the 1960s. He also served on the staff of organizations such as the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) and the Christian Freedom Foundation.
    Koether also served as lecturer for the University of Michigan, the New York Civic Education Forum, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute at Auburn College, Alabama.
    In the 1970s, Koether served as chairman for the Committee for Monetary Research and Education, Inc. Around 1976, Koether produced a series of audio-visual films on free market economics and monetary policy. While working for Ingersoll-Rand Corporation, Koether wrote a series of educational materials for employees on economics. Similar curricula was developed and targeted for the layperson at other corporations and schools.
    During the 1980s and throughout his retirement, Koether was a benefactor to the Ludwig von Mises Institute at Auburn College. He passed away March 22, 2006.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The majority of the collection is composed of Subject Files, which contain correspondence, speeches, writings, reports, studies, pamphlets, clippings, and other printed matter on communism, education, religion, politics, economy, economists, and geographic areas. The Correspondenceseries contains letters, memoranda, and printed matter relating to Koether's interest in economic and political policy, corporate industries, and political societies. Also included is a section of Writings, which contains drafts, notes, books, and published articles.

    Arrangement Statement

    The collection maintains the original arrangement and hierarchical order of the George F. Koether when possible.

    Related Collections

    William Warren Bartley miscellaneous papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Center for Libertarian Studies records, Hoover Institution Archives
    Richard C. Cornuelle papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    John Davenport papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    John Exter speeches and writings, Hoover Institution Archives
    Gottfried Haberler papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Friedrich A. von Hayek papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Mont Pèlerin Society records, Hoover Institution Archives
    Dieter Spethmann papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Mont Pèlerin Society.
    Automobile industry and trade--United States.
    Economists--Austrian school.
    Finance, Personal.
    Look magazine.
    Monetary policy.
    Money--Pictorial works.
    Switzerland--Mont Pèlerin Society.
    Traffic safety--United States.
    Transportation, Automotive--United States.
    United States--Economic conditions--1945-